Honey turned solid 2 weeks after extracting
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  1. #1
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    Default Honey turned solid 2 weeks after extracting

    2 weeks ago extracted honey from a couple hives at a friends farm. Centrifugal extractor in a workshop that was cool and heated with a wood stove. It was slow going because of the temp but got it done. Drained honey from the extractor through a 400 micron nylon filter over a 5 gallon food grade bucket.

    Left the last bit in the filter to finish draining and put a lid over it loosely. They keep the shop heated to 60-65 degrees. Wasn’t able to get back to it until today and found the honey to be a solid mass. Not like sugary but like a solid mass of lard almost. Maybe like set creamed honey. I have the bucket in a warm room now but what the heck? That wasn’t just temperature was it?

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    Default Re: Honey turned solid 2 weeks after extracting

    No it wasn't. Crystallization rates vary wildly and depend on floral source and the chemical composition of the honey. That the honey crystallized quickly is completely normal. Some honeys take years to crystallize, others a few days. See Dr. Eva Crane's book "Honey"

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    Default Re: Honey turned solid 2 weeks after extracting

    Hey look, a whole bucket of very small crystal creamed honey, BONUS! Scoop it into jars and enjoy on toast or sell at a premium. When my honey finally does crystallize, the sugar crystals are large and the honey is gritty.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Surprised because this is the 4th year of harvesting honey from this site and years prior the honey has been light and mild and didn’t sugar for a year. Oh well.

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    Default Re: Honey turned solid 2 weeks after extracting

    did somebody put in canola near by that wasn't there in years gone past ? Canola honey is famous for crystalizing as fast or faster than you can get it out of the combs.

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    Default Re: Honey turned solid 2 weeks after extracting

    Hmmmm I will have to check. Corn is the primary crop in that area.

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    Default Re: Honey turned solid 2 weeks after extracting

    If your weather on your side of the pond was like ours, You got some good Goldenrod/Aster honey.

    Crazy Roland

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    Default Re: Honey turned solid 2 weeks after extracting

    Quote Originally Posted by frankthomas View Post
    Hmmmm I will have to check. Corn is the primary crop in that area.
    Corn is a pollen source only, no nectar.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Default Re: Honey turned solid 2 weeks after extracting

    Well it’s actually quite amazing. Great flavor and color and nearly as smooth and solid as cold butter but at room temperature.

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    Default Re: Honey turned solid 2 weeks after extracting

    We found that our bees this year changed their preferences of what plants to get nectar from; we had almost no amber colored honey which is our usual, but mostly dark knotweed honey. Definitely weather dependent.
    Proverbs 16:24

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    Default Re: Honey turned solid 2 weeks after extracting

    Quote Originally Posted by frankthomas View Post
    Surprised because this is the 4th year of harvesting honey from this site and years prior the honey has been light and mild and didn’t sugar for a year. Oh well.
    EVERY year is different!

    I love it when people ask for the exact same honey they got last year.

    Tom

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    Default Re: Honey turned solid 2 weeks after extracting

    Quote Originally Posted by JWPalmer View Post
    Corn is a pollen source only, no nectar.
    True but in the summer when it gets hot u may find bees collecting corn sap where the leaves join the stalk the heat sometimes make the stalk crack there and u know bees can find anything sweet
    Iím really not that serious

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    Interesting idea. Are you sure they are not just collecting water? Maybe I'll plant some sweet corn and see if the bees go for it. Hundreds of acres around me get planted with field corn every season.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JWPalmer View Post
    Interesting idea. Are you sure they are not just collecting water? Maybe I'll plant some sweet corn and see if the bees go for it. Hundreds of acres around me get planted with field corn every season.
    There is an old saying from years gone by that its so hot u can hear the corn grow
    Can You Hear the Corn Grow? Yes! - Science Newsline
    http://www.sciencenewsline.com/summa...815330001.html
    Nov 28, 2016 - Washington, D. C. Nov. 28, 2016 -- There's an old farmer's tale that says, "On a quiet night you can hear the corn grow." It may seem funny, but Douglas Cook at New York University and colleagues Roger Elmore and Justin McMechan, at the University of Nebraska, were able to use contact microphones to ...
    Iím really not that serious

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    Default Re: Honey turned solid 2 weeks after extracting

    Quote Originally Posted by TWall View Post
    EVERY year is different!

    I love it when people ask for the exact same honey they got last year.

    Tom
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